My summer with the Camelot infoSec team

Meet Daniel.

Meet Daniel. 

Daniel spent last summer working for us as an Intern in the Information Security team. Find out what he got up to...

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Why did you choose to spend your summer as an intern at Camelot?

I had just finished university at the time (June 2018) and was looking for some work during the summer period before I started my MSc course. I wanted a role in InfoSec and I was pro-actively looking but the process was taking quite a bit of time. In the meantime, I registered at a recruitment agency in Watford and received a call that there was a temp opening for a month in the Retail Provisioning team at Camelot. I accepted and about 3 weeks into the job I saw an internal blog post from David, the Head of Information Security on one of the intranet pages. I emailed David and asked if there was any way I could spend some time over the summer with the InfoSec team and in a short space of time I had agreed and started work.

What are you studying and how has this experience helped you develop?

I am currently studying an MSc course in Information Security at the University of Surrey. My time at Camelot helped me in many ways, mostly helping me understand how what I’ve learnt can be actively implemented into an InfoSec workplace. Another big plus is the conversations that I had with fellow colleagues which was invaluable due to the experience everyone has. I was recommended courses to take, books to read and more which have all helped me massively. Lastly, the masters course alongside my time at Camelot also further ensured that this is the field I want to work in.

What does a typical week look like in the Information Security team?

I was assigned two main tasks; documenting a variety of technical compliance checks & redesigning the Jira Issue Tracking structure for the SOC team. With this being the case my week consisted of organising meetings with relevant people regarding which checks we can carry out and how best to do it, as well as researching best practices when using Jira in order to make it more user-friendly for all members of the team. When I had spare moments I often shadowed members of the team to see which type of tasks they conducted.

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What has been the most surprising thing about working at Camelot?

I wouldn’t say the most surprising, but the best thing for me is the culture in the whole workplace. Whilst working in the InfoSec team I found that a common theme is that everyone is extremely welcoming and willing to help in any way. I honestly would recommend Camelot as a great place to work if asked as everyone is treated as a real part of the family.

What did you do on your commute to Camelot?

Luckily, my commute to Camelot was only about 15 minutes so the journey was normally quite pleasant. I normally listened to some music and prepared myself for what the day ahead had in store for me!

What do you do in your spare time?

Being quite a family-oriented individual, I enjoy spending a lot of time with my friends and family whether that’s going to get food, watching football or going out. I am also huge on travelling and take the opportunity whenever there is time to do so! This is however when I’m not working on my dissertation or preparing to take certifications (which is basically never!) I can also be seen regularly in the gym as training is a big hobby of mine. Lastly, I enjoy expanding my cyber security knowledge and listen to several podcasts as well as being an avid-player on sites such as HackTheBox.

What’s your favourite place in the world?

Dubai. I say this because it’s living proof that possibilities are endless and that as long as you can imagine and believe in yourself then anything is possible!